Na`Vi is assembling a CS:GO academy team The Ukranian organization will hold an esports camp from May 6 to May 16 that will scout talent for its new academy team, Na`Vi Junior.
Andrey “B1ad3” Gorodenskiy, Natus Vincere’s new esports director and Amiran “aMi” Rehviashvili, the future coach of the youngster’s roster will select 10 players that will go through a bootcamp starting in Kiev from June to Aug. 20. After its conclusion, five players will sign contracts with the organization as part of the Na`Vi youth roster.
Though many teams don’t invest in academy teams, those that do have produced good talents for the professional lineup. The most well-known player that came from an academy roster’s ecosystem is Maikil “Golden” Selim, who moved from Fnatic’s academy to the main roster in September 2017. Golden led Fnatic to two big titles at IEM Katowice in February 2018 and the WESG World Finals in March 2018. He’s played as the in-game leader for Cloud9 since August 2018.
Another good example of a team that uses its academy well is FURIA, a Brazilian organization that plays in North America. Three of its players, including the next Brazilian hope Kaike “kscerato” Cerato, were promoted from its youth roster in 2018. All of them played at IEM Katowice Major in February 2019.
The Na`Vi’s esports camp requires players to be between 16 to 19 years, play at the highest level on FACEIT (level 10), speak Russian fluently, and be able to temporarily move to Kiev, Ukraine.